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Book Review: Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

Published in 2017

294 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can’t.

Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.

Let’s Talk About The Plot:

This was definitely more character orientated than plot orientated, so to keep this spoiler free I’ll keep it short. The reader is taken into the life of Adam, who had recently been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and it really just gives us an insight into his everyday life, as he navigates through school and life in general.

Let’s talk about the characters:

Adam is our narrator, as I mentioned, I honestly thought that he was an amazing male narrator. I felt like I was seeing everything through his eyes, and I felt his torment and intensity when he was having his delusions. He was so smart, and witty, and having the book written as a journal format, in his thoughts, worked so well, because I felt like it was bringing me closer to Adam, seeing other characters as he did, as well as thinking his thoughts about everything and every one.

Maya was a great character too, I felt like she complimented Adam really well, and the two had some great interactions! I also adored Adam’s mum, she was so loyal and protective of her son, and unafraid of him. Hats off to Paul too, Adam’s stepdad, who was such a great male father figure. Every character worked so brilliantly, I felt like they were brought to life in this book so much!

Let’s talk about the writing:

I finished this book in the space of an evening, I couldn’t put it down! The writing felt so natural, it honestly felt like someone’s journal! The pacing was quick, I couldn’t guess what would come next, I was even second guessing what was real in the book and what wasn’t.

Schizophrenia is portrayed so vividly in this book, the illness is something I’ve seen close hand, and the book captures it well! I was actually addicted to reading this book, I tried to pause in between but it wasn’t happening. It was all so vivid! I felt like I was adam, I felt like I could literally see what he saw, literally.

Everyone needs to read this book! I feel like it should be compulsory reading in late high school stages too, honestly. I felt like I learnt a lot from this book, and I hope people that feel like they’re suffering from any mental illness know that they’re not alone.

Also, the quote from Dumbledore, the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince reference:

“Of course it’s inside your head, Harry. But why does that mean it’s not real?”

Couldn’t be more accurate, period.

And that concludes my review, until next time, Happy Reading 🙂

Brooklyn ~~

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Book Review: Christmas at the Cat Cafe by Melissa Daley

Book 2 in the Cat Cafe series

First published in 2016

305 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Christmas at the Cat Cafe is the wonderfully festive sequel to Melissa Daley’s uplifting tale, Molly and the Cat Cafe. The Costwolds’ town of Stourton-on-the-Hill has its very own cat cafe. Resident cat Molly, and her kittens, live here in feline paradise, while owner Debbie serves the locals home-made goodies. But even in the most idyllic surroundings, things don’t always go to plan… When Debbie’s heartbroken sister Linda arrives at the cafe, Debbie insists she move in. But Linda is not alone, and the cats are devastated with the arrival of Linda’s dog, Beau. Sadly, Beau’s arrival is not the only bombshell – now Molly’s home is also under threat when a rival cat moves in on her turf. With Christmas approaching, Molly is unsettled, barely roused by the promise of tinsel to play with. Fearing for her feline family she hopelessly stares out of the cafe window searching for an answer. Only a Christmas miracle could bring everyone together.

My Review:

Note: as you can see, I had too much fun writing longer reviews, so I feel mini reviews are no more…

Okay, before I start, I must confess, I haven’t read the first book…*crawls behind book stacks*

*pokes head back out*

Okay, so yes, you heard correctly, I actually went into this book not knowing anything about the back story. Why? Because I didn’t know this was a sequel, I had come across this book at the library, swooned at the cuteness that was the cover (I mean, look!) and instantly ordered a copy. I hoped that it would become a new Christmas favourite,

something I’d re read annually.

I was definitely right! This book was such a pleasant surprise!!! Honestly, I didn’t think I’d get all swept up in the emotions of Debbie and her erratic sister, Linda, and all those ridiculously sweet kittens, and Molly! The matriarch of the cat family, I was ridiculously excited by the fact that the book was narrated by her! She conveyed so much emotion throughout the book, I personally had always wondered what it was like to see things through a cat’s eyes, and I feel like this one actually delivered that, and it was fabulous! Below I’ll list what Molly, and Melissa Daley’s lovely writing, conveyed me to see (slight spoilers ahead):

– Cats possess similar emotions to humans, which lets face it, we knew already, but Molly feels jealous of a cat that Linda adopts, and it was so juicy! And bittersweet, Molly was our point of view in the story, therefore we saw things as she did. I was inclined to feel the feline’s jealousy, and wished her family of kittens would interact with her more.

– Sophie, Debbie’s teenage daughter, was bitter about being surrounded by a litter of kittens constantly, and not having much time to herself. Also, her character definitely had the most growth, I think, she honestly came across as a bit of a brat, but I was definitely loving her towards the end.

– Debbie was such an amazing character! She works so hard, and was always so good to not only the cats, but she took in her sister and went along with everything Linda came with. Initially, I couldn’t stand Linda, she was so selfish!! I mean, who brings a dog to stay at their sister’s house when they well know said sister has so many cats! But seeing the dog and cats interact with the kittens was hilarious, those kittens weren’t going to back down, and I love how Molly’s protectiveness of her litter really carried through the book!

– I laughed, I got emotional, and even fearful, and definitely feely throughout this book, it was the perfect festive read! I may well go back and read book one, but I know I’ll be revisiting these lovelies again.

I can’t fault this book, it was purrfect.

Happy reading 📚

Book Review: Phoenix Rising (a novel of Anne Boleyn) by Hunter S Jones

90 pages

Published in 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

The last hour of Anne Boleyn’s life…

Court intrigue, revenge and all the secrets of the last hour are revealed as one queen falls and another rises to take her place on destiny’s stage.

A young Anne Boleyn arrives at the court of King Henry VIII. She is to be presented at the Shrovetide pageant, le Château Vert. The young and ambitious Anne has no idea that a chance encounter before the pageant will lead to her capturing the heart of the king. What begins as a distraction becomes his obsession and leads to her destruction.

Love, hate, loyalty and betrayal come together in a single dramatic moment… the execution of a queen. The history of England will be changed for ever.

My Review:

I was initially going to give this four stars based on its length, but then I realised, after I finished it, that it left me speechless! This book was impeccable! Do not be swayed by the length, it was such an emotional read! I mean, it chronicles the final hour of Anne Boleyn, and the way the author captured this, and the fact that she wrote it from different perspectives of player’s in Tudor England? Genius! Definitely a pleasant surprise and a raw read! Will stay with me for some time! I loved reading a chapter from Elizabeth Boleyn’s perspective, (Anne’s mother). I feel like the author captured all these characters, these figures, perfectly!

Pictured above is my personal favourite tv portrayal of Anne Boleyn, Natalie Dormer, from The Tudors 💕

Happy reading 🙂

Book Review: Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

This edition published by Vintage in 2002

229 pages

2 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

A mystery story about love, the cosmos and other fictional universes

Sumire is in love with a woman seventeen years her senior. But whereas Miu is glamorous and successful, Sumire is an aspiring writer who dresses in an oversized second-hand coat and heavy boots like a character in a Kerouac novel.

Sumire spends hours on the phone talking to her best friend K about the big questions in life: what is sexual desire, and should she ever tell Miu how she feels for her? Meanwhile K wonders whether he should confess his own unrequited love for Sumire.

Then, a desperate Miu calls from a small Greek island: Sumire has mysteriously vanished…

My Review:

Please excuse the blunt gif below:

Look, don’t get me wrong, I adore Murakami. I buddy read this with a close friend who loves him too, we were mutually excited for this, having pretty much gone crazy in the best way after Murakami’s Kafka on The Shore (which we also read together), and the 1Q84 trilogy, which we loved. Might I add we were both traumatised in the mostly best way after The Strange Library.

This book though, okay, it made us laugh in the most random ways, and never will I not see a carrot or cucumber the same way. And I loved Sumiere, which I thought the book should’ve been ALL about.

The thing is, it wasn’t. It was so confusing! And not in the amazing way some of Murakami’s other books have been, but this left both myself and my friend confused. I can’t even fathom what I read. It made no sense! Nothing connected together, and what happened in this book made NONE OF THE SENSE.

Happy reading 🙂

Book Review: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis

First published by Geoffrey Bles, 1950

This edition (171 pages)

5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

They open a door and enter a world

NARNIA…the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy…the place where the adventure begins.

Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever.

My Review:

I re read this book initially back in 2015, after many many years! I definitely discovered an old favourite as I started re reading this! I was immersed in the magic of the world of Narnia, I mean, Lucy discovers a magical land in the back of a wardrobe! Who doesn’t dream of this?! I love the Pensieve siblings, my favourite characters being of course Lucy, and surprisingly Edmund; I initially couldn’t stand him, but I definitely think he was regretting his actions early on in the book, and he, along with his siblings, all went through such an amazing growth! Seeing these characters grow, and go through what they went through, was amazing! This book got me in all the nostalgia feels, I had goosebumps at certain scenes, I was excited, happy and horrified throughout! The book will definitely be a comfort read, it was just perfection being surrounded by such familiar and cozy characters! And Aslan! How good to see that big cat again!

The writing, okay, sure it’s a ‘children’s’ book, but it’s really for everyone! It’s a classic for a reason! And I definitely recommend this to all! It was great reading the book as an adult, seeing things through ‘older’ eyes, but it was every bit as magical as I remember! The writing is rather fast paced, and it definitely moves along quickly!

Happy reading! 🙂

Book Review: Toby – Margaret Wilde and Noela Young

Published in 1993

4 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Toby is an old dog–and sick, too. He’s going blind and deaf and sometimes he smells bad. The family is gentle and loving with him–except for Sara. Margaret Wild has written a deeply affecting story about the loss of a beloved pet that explores the many ways of loving and grieving and adapting to change.

Mini Review:

Let me just start by telling you about how I heard of this book; a Library patron where I work said she had read it many years ago and it was something that had stuck with her all these years later, and I was instantly intrigued.

Being a children’s picture book, I read it in a few minutes and was moved to tears by the simplistic, human nature in this book, it’s something we all go through, growing up, and having to deal with changes and growing and pets getting old. This book definitely made me emotional, part of me was screaming at the girl to ‘wake up’ as it were, but things definitely went how I was hoping for them to go. So I’ll say that not only could this be for children, but I think everyone could get something out of this book. The illustrations were exquisite, too, and definitely added another element to the story!

Happy reading 🙂

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Published in 2013 by St Martin’s Press

459 pages

5 out of 5 stars

My Review:

I read this book last year and instantly became obsessed with everything about it! It was my first Rainbow Rowell book, and it instantly became a favourite! Cath is such a relatable character, if not the most relatable character ever! She and Wren, twin sisters, have such a unique bond, and I loved her quirky friendship with Reagan as it developed! It’s funny, as I read this, I found I was experiencing similar emotions to the first time I read it, I absolutely HATED Nick (I have reasons!) and I found the writing to be as fun and addictive as the first time! I feel like it’s still pretty rare to have a character that is a canon Fangirl (no pun intended), but it’s one of my favourite things to read about! And I have to acknowledge how clever Rowell is to take her own characters from her work and completely change it up. I loved the page breaks in between with Cath’s fanfiction! So unique and refreshing and fun.

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading 🙂

Brooklyn ~

Book Review: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Published in 2012 by MIRA Books, an imprint of Harlequin UK Limited

260 pages

4 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

“I’ve left some clues for you.

If you want them, turn the page.

If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

My Review:

This was such a sweet read! It constantly kept me engaged, I loved both characters and I was anticipating what would happen next! It was the perfect start to my festive reads for the month!

I found the writing style to be refreshing, I liked the note exchanges that both characters swapped, and I enjoyed them going through one another’s riddles that they left the other. Both characters were definitely polar opposites, but loveable all the same; there were some parts in this book that made me roll my eyes, but all in all a wonderful, festive read. I definitely recommend this to anyone that likes cute and unexpected romances, and I’ll definitely be reading book 2 soon.

Oh! I must add, I really like both authors’ writing style, so I’m looking forward to reading more of them in the future 🙂

Note: I’m going to go back to writing mini reviews, I just find I don’t have the time to write full length ones, and my reviews tend to stray to the shorter side, mostly *ahem*. XD

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Brooklyn 🙂

Book Review: Plague City by Jonathan Morris

Published by BBC Books in 2017

246 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

We should leave. We definitely should leave. But… chatty ghosts!”

The year is 1645, and Edinburgh is in the grip of the worst plague in its history. Nobody knows who will be the next to succumb – nobody except the Night Doctor, a masked figure that stalks the streets, seeking out those who will not live to see another day.

But death is not the end. The Doctor, Bill and Nardole discover that the living are being haunted by the recently departed – by ghosts that do not know they are dead. And there are other creatures lurking in the shadows, slithering, creeping creatures filled with an insatiable hunger.

The Doctor and his friends must face the terrifying secret of the Street of Sorrows – that something which has lain dormant for two hundred million years is due to destroy the entire city…

An original novel featuring the Twelfth Doctor, Bill and Nardole as played by Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie and Matt Lucas.

My Review:

This was honestly such an awesome, fun read! As I read it, I felt like I was watching a Doctor Who episode; honestly the pacing was exciting, and I could see the characters saying their lines and everything! The premise definitely intrigued me from the start, and I was constantly trying to figure out what would come next; see, the writing wasn’t at all predictable, there were a lot of twists and feels! I loved all the side characters, Annabell was so sweet and brave, Thomas and Isobel were amazing and I couldn’t help but adore Catherine and Betsy! I would honestly read a sequel based on these characters!

I definitely recommend this to all fellow Whovians!

Until next time, happy reading 🙂

Brooklyn.

Book Review: As Old as Time by Liz Braswell

Published in 2017

485 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Belle is a lot of things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her father’s reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle’s mother returns–a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern.

But Belle touches the Beast’s enchanted rose, intriguing images flood her mind–images of the mother she believed she would never see again. Stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful Enchantress who cursed the Beast, his castle, and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast must work together to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is twenty-one years in the making.

My Review:

Ahhhh oh my goodness what a fabulous reimagining of such a classic tale! This was honestly so perfect, I hardly know where to begin! It’s actually made me see all the characters in such a new way, and changed how I think about the classic story and all its characters!

Literally, there were a lot of twists and turns in this one that I didn’t see coming! It was brilliant! What the author did, how she twisted some characters and changed up their story arc from the original text, and the movie (I pictured the re make cast in their roles, I could see them saying their lines and performing the actions perfectly!) I definitely felt all the nostalgia for Mrs Potts and Chip! There was something that the author did, with Mrs Pott’s husband that I honestly did not see coming; and by golly it gave me ALL the chills! And honestly, the idea that it was Belle’s mother that cursed the Beast? Utter brilliance! This here actually provided a lot of awesome in the storytelling, it was told with multiple points of view, firstly from of course Belle, but then her father, Maurice! I loved learning about Belle’s parents, and honestly the book was just brilliant! It’s definitely become a fast favourite and I can’t wait to read the author’s other retellings! I’ll definitely read this one again too!

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading!

Brooklyn 🙂